Not likely; improbable; not to be reasonably expected; as, an unlikely event; the thing you mention is very unlikely. Not holding out a prospect of success; likely to fail; unpromising; as, unlikely means. (adjective)
In an improbable manner. (adverb)
Something or somebody considered unlikely. (noun)
Examples of word unlikely
And still: in 2011, the term "unlikely" doesn't quite carry the weight it used to.
One thing I hate to hear, and I hate to hear it even more when it comes from strippers themselves, is the term unlikely stripper.
Furthermore, "the Enlightenment" was a term unlikely to be applied to a wanted criminal.
With every game, every precision pass and every clever drive to the basket, Lin is raising expectations, altering the Knicks' fate and redefining the word "unlikely."
Our only quibble is her choice of the word "unlikely."
The lack of ideologically charged cases also makes this term unlikely to provide much evidence of the alleged conservative ascendency.
So remember when you're feeling very small and insecure, how amazingly unlikely is your birth.